City renames Columbus Day, Good Friday to be more culturally sensitive, inclusive

Political correctness strikes again.

In an effort to be more “inclusive,” city employees in the middle of America’s heartland are no longer using the names Columbus Day or Good Friday.

Those days will now be referred to as Spring Holiday and Fall Holiday in Bloomington, Indiana, in a bow to cultural sensitivity.

Mayor John Hamilton sent a memo to city employees Friday announcing the change.

“We are terrifically proud of our diverse workforce at the city,” Hamilton wrote, according to Fox News. “That diversity makes us stronger and more representative of the public we proudly serve. These updated names for two days of well-merited time off is another way we can demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity.”

Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937, and is celebrated on the second Monday in October.

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Good Friday, although not a federal holiday, is a Christian day of recognition, which is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday to commemorate Christ’s crucifixion.

Fox News reported:

Dissing and dismantling the holiday became more a left-wing cause when the late Howard Zinn, a political science professor at Boston University, spent the first chapter of his 1980 book, “A People’s History of the United States,” flaying Columbus.

“To emphasize the heroism of Columbus and his successors as navigators and discoverers, and to de-emphasize their genocide, is not a technical necessity but an ideological choice. It serves — unwittingly — to justify what was done,” Zinn wrote in his celebrated left-wing tone.


As for Good Friday, as a Christian holiday, it’s non-inclusive of Jews, Muslims and other faiths. However, city employees of any faith would more-than-likely care less so long as they get the day off with pay.

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Social media reacted just as you would expect social media to react.

Finally, one suggested why stop there? Christmas is both a Christian holiday and a national holiday.

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